Musical happenings this month in Alexandria

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Michelle Swan St. Elmos Coffee Pub Saturday, September 5

While most of the area music venues appear to be taking off Labor Day weekend, the little Del Ray coffee shop that could brings us urban acoustic singer/songwriter Michelle Swan. With deeply introspective lyrics, Swan brings to her audiences songs that tell of sentiments and circumstances familiar to everyone. The night could serve as a nice pause button to the hectic end of another summer.

Mimis Beautiful Indian Summer EventCarlyle Club – Saturday, September 12

Consider this night to be a chance at slow-speed dating. Hosted by professional matchmaker Mimi (who boasts of connecting 421 marriages and 38 engagements to date), this evening of wine, singles and song (provided by the Rick Tompson Quartet) is open to adults ages 40 and older who are looking for love a second time around (or a third time, or a fourth or a ). Call 301-229-7772 if youre interested in throwing your heart into the ring.

The ProclaimersThe Birchmere – Sunday, September 13

If you are aware of this two-man Scottish band at all, its probably because theyre the answer to a 90s one-hit wonder trivia question, Who sang the song, Im Gonna Be (500 Miles)? While they havent had as much success since that repetitive hit rose to No. 3 on the singles chart in 1993, twin brothers Craig and Charlie Reid have continued to produce gloriously interesting ditties with a folkish bent. Out supporting their eighth studio release Notes&Rhymes, The Proclaimers are an act that you may want to reconsider for the first time.

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